The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Regency Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846), Slavery abolitionist

1788
Oil by von Breda (NPG 235).

1809
Wax medallion by Catherine Andras at Madame Tussaud's, exhibited RA 1809 (667), and another at Sotheby's (Bruce Ingram sale) 30 November 1964 (82); line engraving by Worthington 1810; plaster replica in Scottish NPG (496).

1824
Watercolour by Chalon in Wilberforce House, Hull, exhibited RA 1824 (455) and engraved in mezzotint by Charles Turner 1828 (Alfred Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, 117).

1811
Oil by W. Hazlitt, engraved Engleheart 1833 (example in British Museum).

1834
Oil by Samuel Lane in Corporation of Wisbech collection exhibited RA 1834 (424) and engraved by Cochran for The Christian Keepsake 1836.

1839
Oil by Henry Room painted for the Central Negro Emancipation Society and exhibited RA 1839 (765), sold Christie's 22 November 1974 (51) bought Wray; three-quarter-length holding quill and spectacles; engraved in line by T. A. Dean; a replica was at St John's College, Cambridge in 1897 (Atkinson & Clark, Cambridge Described).

1840
Marble bust by Behnes in Guildhall, London.

c.1840
Plaster bust, unknown sculptor, in Ipswich Museum.

1841
'The Anti-Slavery Society Convention 1840' by Haydon (NPG 599) see Richard Ormond, National Portrait Gallery: Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, pp 538-44; two pencil studies of 1840 and 1841 were at Sotheby's 11 March 1952 (154).

Undated
'Heroes of the Slave Trade Abolition', a group of five portrait medallions (Wilberforce, Sharp, Z. Macaulay, Buxton and Clarkson) from an unidentified source, a woodcut decorated with broken chain, open manacles, torch of freedom and wild flowers; the artist is unknown but the portrait of Clarkson derives from Chalon 1824.

Posthumous
1878 Memorial profile bust in relief in an oval medallion by W. H. Thornycroft is in Playford church, Suffolk.



This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.